Robotics Challenge Scholarship Winner Hired as Intern at HUSCO

Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, interviewed with and was hired as a summer intern by NFPA member, HUSCO International. Spencer will be working as a Design Engineering intern on the Automotive Design team this summer. He won the Robotics Challenge $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in using fluid power in his FIRST Robotics team’s competition robot when he was a senior in high school. He is using this scholarship to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Mechanical Engineering program.

Now in his third quarter at MSOE, Spencer talks about the many volunteer and extracurricular activities that he is involved with in addition to college:

“This semester has been going well both in terms of schooling and extracurricular activities. This quarter I will be taking Intro to Mechatronics, Physics I, Calculus III, Honors Seminar III, and I am considering also taking a humanities elective.

Since the first of the year, my time spent at robotics has increased dramatically – I now spend about 15 hours per week at meetings doing design and manufacturing work with the high school students. I have also reffed at the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics tournament.

The Formula Hybrid team at MSOE that I am a part of has also been making slow but steady progress – the chassis has been completely welded, and most of the suspension has been manufactured. The design of the powertrain system is also just about complete – we are now moving into the process of manufacturing and sourcing some hard-to-find parts.”

Spencer is an amazing student and is so involved in giving back to his community. Many thanks to HUSCO for giving Spencer this opportunity. If you would like to help more students like Spencer by becoming a judge for the 2018 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship applications, please contact Lynn Beyer at (414) 778-3364 or

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